Recent Circleville graduate Logan Smith has committed to playing baseball for Ohio Christian University, an NAIA institution.
Smith batted .303 with a .423 on-base percentage, 20 RBI and 26 runs scored this season for the Tigers. On the mound, Smith posted a 6-3 record with a 2.07 ERA. Over 50 and two-third innings, Smith allowed 39 hits, walked 23 batters, hit five and struck out 51 in earning first-team Southeast District and second-team Mid-State League Buckeye Division recognition.
Question: Take us through the recruiting process, how many schools that you looked at and what made Ohio Christian the right fit for you?
Answer: I looked into a lot of Junior Colleges, mostly, but I decided to go with Ohio Christian to obtain a 4-year degree and play baseball. As soon as I had my first tryout and met the coaches, I felt confident in my commitment.
Question: What would you like to major in at OCU?
Answer: I plan to major in Accounting. I am a very detail-oriented person, like to be organized, and have my time managed efficiently. I believe the career is a good fit for me.
Question: What has led to your success in baseball? What are your strengths as an athlete and what are a few areas you’ve had to work at the hardest to improve?
Answer: I believe my work ethic has led me, and still is leading me to success. I have never been the biggest, strongest, or fastest guy on the field, but there is no excuse not to be the hardest-working and most competitive. With that being said, my strength is something I have been working on and will continue to work on for the next four years of my baseball career.
Question: What is your favorite brand bat and glove to use?
Answer: Bat: I have used a DeMarini Goods one-piece for a few years now. I love the bat because of it’s responsiveness and general feel. Glove: Rawlings, the leather isn’t as hard to break in as most higher-up Marucci models, but their gloves are usually very durable and have lasted me years.
Question: What are some memories from playing at Circleville over the last four years that you will treasure for years to come?
Answer: There are so many. My favorite memories were always the trips we took to and from road games. It was always fun being with the guys during that.
Question: Is there a baseball player that you look up to and try to emulate?
Answer: Marcus Stroman. I’ve always found it inspiring how hard he throws and how far he has gotten with such a small frame. Also his competitive spirit always makes him fun to watch on the mound.
Question: Favorite meal?
Question: Favorite place to eat out at?
Answer: Red Lobster
Question: Favorite pro baseball team?
Answer: Cincinnati Reds
Question: Favorite musical group or genre?
Answer: Hip-Hop and R&B
Question: Favorite movie?
Answer: Fishing, Lifting and Reading
Question: Favorite holiday?
Answer: Fourth of July, I like the summer and the smell of fair food, along with the fireworks.
Question: What is your most valuable possession?
Answer: A misprinted Bo Jackson baseball card.
Question: Something that no one knows about you?
Answer: I can’t swim.
Question: What is the best vacation you’ve ever been on in your life?
Answer: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Question: Favorite memory from the Circleville Pumpkin Show?
Answer: First time trying the funnel cake.